Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

Very refreshing and cooling. Served at the Magnolia Cafe in Austin. This is my version. Tweak the ingredients to your taste. My grandsons (3 and 5) will happily drink this instead of sugary juices and sodas.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 hibiscus tea bags (found in health food and some specialty stores) or 4 -6 tablespoons loose edible fresh hibiscus flowers (found in health food and some specialty stores)
  • 4 -6 sprigs washed bruised fresh mint leaves or 4 mint-flavored herbal tea bags
  • 1 gallon water


  1. Place teabags or loose tea and mint in the water in a sun tea jar. Let steep in the sun (or refrigerator) for several hours until the tea is a clear ruby color.
  2. If you have used the hibiscus buds and fresh mint, strain before storage and serving.
  3. Serve over ice with a sprig of fresh mint. May add sugar and lemon, if desired.
Most Helpful

Finally found some hibiscus tea to try this recipe. My daughter helped make it and it was a big success with her. (she just knew that it would be!) She thought the vibrant red color was especially wonderful. We'll have to serve this at a party this summer.

Kitchen Witch Steph May 11, 2008

Reviewed for PAC Fall 2007 Firechef! I love this Tea! This is the first time I drink hibiscus tea and its perfectly lovely! Thanks so much!

Lorrie in Montreal October 01, 2007

So easy to make and so yummy to drink! I halved the recipe to make 1/2 gallon. Loved it! Thank you FireChef! Made for Pick a Chef!

Sharon123 September 24, 2007